“Everyone is a socialist in a pandemic”

This week a significant number of economic indicators and corporate earnings will be release in the US. In the meantime the number of paralyzed businesses and people filing unemployment in the US continue to grow, the House of Representatives has just approved the fourth bailout of 484 billion USD aimed to support small businesses and hospitals. Thousands of entrepreneurs in the United States, as in 185 other countries are paralyzed by Covid-19. Everyone expects the worst reports in decades. Continue reading “Everyone is a socialist in a pandemic”

Fight against Coronavirus: Health or Economy?

The health of citizens comes first, but just as important is the health of companies that will later hire them. That is, at the same time that all public administrations are focused on ending the Coronavirus, we should be thinking about designing the company tomorrow. Analyzing how to revive each economic sector, subsidies, training and innovation programs, how to implement the latest technological advances with greater speed, etc. In short, not to return to yesterday’s normality, but to return to a new world with a new economy and competitive companies, prepared to face any uncertainty. Continue reading Fight against Coronavirus: Health or Economy?

Technology, data and digital solutions, main keys for the construction sector

Construtech magazine has published detailed information on the trends that will star in the construction sector over the coming months. It will be difficult to get it right, but they point out that technology, data analysis and digital solutions, together with the aging of the workforce, will be decisive in construction. I highlight below a summary of the short-term future. And then I invite you to watch a video about the most ambitious projects that will be culminated in this exercise. Continue reading Technology, data and digital solutions, main keys for the construction sector

American infrastructure upgrade involves an investment of $ 2 trillion, or $ 4.5 trillion according to engineers?

US, November 6, 2019.- The office of the President of the United States has published an interesting report on the health of the infrastructure of the United States and its improvements. Thanks to this White House initiative, we know a detailed diagnosis of our infrastructure deficits and the necessary investment to correct them. I reproduce below for your interest.Before, I remember the disagreement between the investment figures. According to CNBC, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have even agreed on a price tag of $ 2 trillion – although the American Society of Civil Engineers puts it closer to $ 4.5 trillion. However, talks have stalled. Continue reading American infrastructure upgrade involves an investment of $ 2 trillion, or $ 4.5 trillion according to engineers?

Proposals, keys and solutions to improve the infrastructures of the United States

The infrastructures of the United States is an issue that interests us all, the construction companies and professionals, the public and private developers, and of course, each of the taxpayers. For this reason, I have selected the approaches (opinion) of three media outlets to check what is the salute of the infrastructures of the United States: Bloomberg, CNBC and Cincinnati. Continue reading Proposals, keys and solutions to improve the infrastructures of the United States

What are the best answers that the CEO has to give to face the digital revolution in his company?

NY, 06/10/2019.- The PWC Consultant has published its “22nd Annual Global CEO Survey”. An already traditional study that helps to understand the context and the ways of acting of each CEO in each multinational. A reading to look at the macro and micro figures. Its main conclusions are this year.

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Doka. We’re forming America’s Infrastructure

NY, April 5, 2019.– Much has been reported about the state of infrastructure in the United States. With 40 percent of our bridges boasting more than 50 years in service, a recent report noted that almost 10% of bridges are labelled as structural deficient.

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US Construction Spending Up Strong 1 Percent in January

NY, April 4, 2019.- U.S. construction spending rose a solid 1 percent in February, led by a strong gain in spending on government projects, which hit an all-time high. The February increase followed an even larger 2.5 percent gain in January and a slight.0.2 percent rise in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The gains pushed total construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.32 trillion, the highest level since May.

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Job Opportunities in Construction: Is Doka USA the right fit for you?

The construction sector is one of the most rewarding fields one can possibly imagine to work in and with Doka a solid option for career development. When adding to the Doka family, we look for talented, hardworking individuals who want more than a job, but who are passionate about what they do and who aim to contribute their best to a dedicated team that creates results.Don’t see a position listed for you, but are interested in joining our team? Simply send us an email & your resume to employment@doka.com Continue reading Job Opportunities in Construction: Is Doka USA the right fit for you?

HR: The keys to adapt to changes in the workplace during the coming years

NY, February 11, 2019. – The human capital of companies must also prepare for the next changes in communication, leadership, technological adaptation, culture of improvement. In the following report from Fast Company magazine we can find some answers and reflections.

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The heart of Malta: How to resurrect a beauty of Nature?

Nature is impossible to imitate by human beings. We can only honor it. Create and build reflections. The Architect Svetozar Andreev, in collaboration with Elena Britanishskaya, has resurrected a beauty of Nature. It is best to read and observe the whole story with your own words, photographs and video: Continue reading The heart of Malta: How to resurrect a beauty of Nature?

Is the protection of our personal data a lost battle?

UK, July 10, 2018.- The data is the new oil of the 21st century. And the personal data of each human being is the object of desire of private companies, public administrations and other interest groups.

The protection of our personal data is endangered, above all, by the technological giants and the social networks we carry on smartphones. That magical device, connected to the Internet, where we carry our whole life and that we can not despise.

Computer security experts say that a Smartphone is only safe when it is turned off. That is, a Smartphone, laptop, tablet or PC will never protect our personal data if they are connected to the Internet.

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1,100-tonne segment of a 300-metre-long platform was hoisted 250-metres high to be fixed between two towers in Raffles City Chongqing

UK, June 14, 2018.- The big dreams, the impossible ideas, the utopia in the construction sector at the end are possible facts, realizable ideas. The big cities struggle to grow orderly in their buildings, in their mobility and for the benefit of citizens. For this reason, the autonomous and electric car industry will be a driver of big changes. But, engineers, architects, construction professionals always advance more than computer programs. I just read in The Guardian this curious architectural project in China and it seems to come from the future:

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UK Construction: the slump may be short lived, business expectations and hiring both picked up

Last month, an unusual Siberian weather system that British meteorologists dubbed “the Beast from the East” brought snow, strong winds and the coldest temperatures in several years to much of Britain and elsewhere in Europe. House building was little affected, but the storm clobbered other sectors, the survey showed Continue reading UK Construction: the slump may be short lived, business expectations and hiring both picked up

Keys to Management under the prism of reinvention at the minute

UK, March 14, 2018.- All knowledge of the world of human beings, we have to click away. Every second, every minute, every day we have the freedom to read, listen, see, share, comment on any historical event, any current event, any strategy, any business key. We have the immense fortune of having the key of knowledge in our pocket. We just have to worry about having Wi-Fi and enough battery. This historical stage is resolved in the talent of each human being, each woman and each man. An added value built from familiar knowledge, and the circles of people that surround us in student life, or in an early working life.

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“It is in the interest of the world including Asia that an open Europe be upheld”  

UK, March 7, 2018.-  “It is in the interest of the world including Asia that an open Europe be upheld” commences the second paragraph of this letter to the UK and the EU published on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage (mofa.go.com) and published in September 2016,  this letter is still relevant today as all the stated uncertainties remain.  

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The full 4D build animation of “22 Bishopsgate”: One of London’s tallest new skyscrapers

UK, January 13, 2018.- Crazy ideas, no, technological revolution in the construction industry. We can foresee for real a new era in construction, design and planning put together in 4d virtual reality for massive efficiency improvements.

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New River Dee Crossing: Can a bridge generate £ 6 billion and 14,000 jobs for the local economy over the next 30 years?

Large engineering works, public infrastructure projects, civil constructions with great economic impact, are one of my passions since I joined DOKA (2011). On this occasion, I highlight a very important bridge, both for the data of its construction, and for the benefits it will bring to the municipalities of both shores in the next thirty years. To remember all the details well, I turn to the information that Daily Record has published. By the way, the time-lapse recorded in the video is a great demonstration of the great work of construction professionals. In short, bridges are the best communication channels, complementing the digital channels.  Next, the news of the Daily Record Continue reading New River Dee Crossing: Can a bridge generate £ 6 billion and 14,000 jobs for the local economy over the next 30 years?

UK: March 29, 2019, 13.00h GMT

UK, November 14, 2017.-  You will agree with me on this assessment: “The British exit of the European Union is the most significant economic demerger between major economies since the Second World War and much about the forthcoming process of transitioning out of the EU has no precedent. But we know already that both the UK and the EU will be significantly changed by what is about to unfold”.  

On March 29, 2019, at 13:00 GMT, UK will de facto leave the European Union, as announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May. We will record the real effects of Brexit as of this date. For the time being, it is necessary to be informed and to the extent possible to anticipate the consequences.”.

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Should CEOs be actively involved in big business today?

UK, September 10, 2017.- In the face of major events in major cities and western countries, citizens are seeking arguments. Public authorities, experts, politicians, and ultimately, people to rely on. Within these groups, business leaders are a voice to take into account, because they are involved only in the big issues of today. CEOs can influence opinion trends and must analyze their role. I have had the opportunity to read the following analysis on CEO activism written by Sebastian Reiche at IESE Business School:

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Apple: Building the first global company from a pirate flag

UK, July 15, 2017.- It´s very easy to select one example of good business management and one of bad business management. A glance by the economic press is enough to see daily news of the top executives of multinationals, and small and medium-sized companies.

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#Jobs of the #future travel with great speed to the present

UK, May 10, 2017.- The first industrial revolution came about thanks to the steam engine. It happened to him the second revolution derived from the electrical energy. The third industrial revolution came with the computer age. And we are already living the fourth industrial revolution, 4.0, with the digital transformation of economic processes. This present looks like the future drawn a few years ago. However, it seems to accelerate, for example, in labor material. In the next decade, several professional profiles may disappear by robots or computer logarithms. Martin Boehm, Dean of IE Business School, anticipated:

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#michaelporter: I listen to him, read him and he is one of my first influencers

UK, April 12, 2017.-His speeches speak for themselves:

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In the era of the Internet of Things, IoT, the best security is to disconnect the Internet and remove the battery?

UK, March 13, 2017.- Can they invade our privacy with a smartphone off and with a TV off?. It seems that we do believe the latest papers published by Wikileaks on the procedures of the CIA. Smart devices appear to use the battery to emit data, even if they are not turned on. That’s why I wonder if in the era of implementing internet in all the objectives of our personal and professional lives the best way to guarantee our privacy is to turn off the Internet … and now … remove the battery from the mobile. And this can not always be done, because on many smartphones and laptops the battery is soldered to the motherboard. The information read in The Guardian is as follows:

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The most important thing in business is to achieve sustainable growth and patience

UK,  October 17, 2016.-  The immediacy of information every day, connected in real time to numerous sources, networks, forums …. prevents us look at really interesting documents. Business concern us, they worry and keep our quest to find the latest keys.

However, today I will recommend the quiet reading analysis: “The Farmers Recipe For Strategic Business Growth”, written by Tito Philips Jnr. It describes itself as well: My name is Tito Philips Jnr, an unusual Nigerian that is MAD – Making A Difference. I’m the Chief Community Leader here and this is where we raise the bar of entrepreneurship. We are a TRIBE of Unusual Entrepreneurs, we are not your every day entrepreneurs who go into business to put food on the table and pay bills. For us, business is more than making ends meet [survival]. It is our means of doing what we love [passion], changing the world [purpose] and being financially rewarded for it [profit]™.

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Race madness in which business models of technological giants live

UK, October 11, 2016.- The vast majority of citizens took up a smartphone. No matter what brand, the manufacturer, the latest model, the latest innovation. It matters more what is done with a device connected to the Internet permanently. Undoubtedly, one of the great advances of mankind in the last 25 years. However, manufacturers of Smartphones have embarked on a mad race to produce the world’s best selling mobile. The great rivalry between iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) leads to other manufacturers to try to create amazing devices. The crisis of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a proof of this crazy race. I quote here an interesting report from the British news agencies, Reuters:

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Doka Group acquires Dutch technology specialists B|A|S

With this acquisition the company takes another big step toward Industry 4.0 and into the future of the international formwork group from Lower Austria

UK, September 19, 2016.- Headquartered in Venlo, Netherlands, since its foundation in 1979 the technology company B|A|S has concerned itself with researching and developing the materials used in the construction industry – particularly concrete. “For us this acquisition is a step forward in our business objective to meet the increasing demand not only for products but also for solutions in construction”, says Jens Günther, designated Chairman of the Executive Board. “That will necessitate a whole new approach to construction sites. And it will call current dogmas of the formwork industry into question, namely that innovation invariably has to mean more efficient formwork and nothing else.”

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The work is intelligent collaboration among professionals, not a competition with winners and losers

UK, 8 September 2016.- Professional management teams in business evolves. Maybe not so quickly that the technology but is tailored to the needs of each client. In this sense, I just read an interesting analysis of Margaret J.Wheatley happened to play here for their usefulness. I also recommend listening to the video Yves Morieux about the rules at work. I invite you to reflect and comment on your experience.

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